Woolwich attack: Community must remain united


Conservatives in Greenwich have expressed their shock at yesterday's brutal murder of a British soldier in Woolwich, and joined calls for the community to remain united.

Councillor Nigel Fletcher, Deputy Leader of the Opposition on the Council, today joined the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and local MP Nick Raynsford in a meeting with local faith and community leaders.  Speaking afterwards, he said:

"We are all shocked and horrified by the savage murder of a British soldier here in our Borough.  I was working in Woolwich Town Hall yesterday when the attack took place, and can hardly comprehend it happening so close to where I was.

"People of all backgrounds and faiths share the sense of disgust at this barbaric act.  Our military personnel are an integral part of our local community, and we are rightly proud of them.  When I visited troops at the Barracks in Woolwich only last week, I told them how much local people value the fact they are here.  That is even more so today.

"The meeting with the Prime Minister, the Mayor and faith groups reinforced the sense that the local communuty remains united, and must not be divided by this outrage or by those who seek to use it for their own ends.  We must continue to live our lives and not be intimidated. We should all pay tribute to the police for their response, and to the brave members of the public who sought to intervene.  Most of all, we pay tribute to a brave soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, and send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."